If there ever was a unanimous mass consensus among gamers on the best mouse, it might just be Logitech’s G502. It’s fast, accurate, and fits comfortably in just about anyone’s hand. For the new Hero edition, Logitech has attempted to keep everything gamers loved about the original G502, while upgrading the switches, sensor and onboard memory to better compete among the current crop of top-of-the-line gaming mice.
You can find the Logitech G502 HERO for $67.99 on Newegg.com, GameCrate's parent site.
Logitech hasn’t changed much in terms of design with the Hero, and for those who know and love the G502, that’s definitely a good thing. While I don’t love the very sharp angular “gamer” look, I can get over some questionable aesthetic decisions when the Hero feels this good in my hand. I used it as my daily driver for a few days, and I never once felt like I was struggling to get a good grip, or experienced even the slightest bit of wrist pain.
The Hero’s body is plastic, with a soft matte finish. Its curved body is big enough to accommodate even the largest hands, while still having some breathing room so your fingers aren’t crammed together. The bottom of the mouse is tapered off and rounded, giving a ergonomic curve that is perfect for palm grip users. The thumb rest is perfectly placed, allowing your thumb to sit naturally in its deep groove. The grips on both the thumb rest and the side are made of a textured rubber that improves the grip without feeling irritating. The only strike against the Hero is that it’s not ideal for claw and tip grip users – some of the buttons, particularly the front-most thumb button, are tough to reach when using those grips.
Feeling the Weight
The Hero weighs 121g – pretty heavy for a gaming mouse. The weight didn’t impede movement, however, and I only really felt it when lifting the Hero off my desk. For those who want a mouse that’s even beefier, the Hero comes with adjustable weights that are easily installed in the bottom of the mouse.
Adjustable weights are a great way to get your mouse feeling exactly how you want, and Logitech has included several different weights with the Hero. The weights can even be individually positioned toward the front or the back side of the mouse for an even further level customization. All together, you can add 18g of weight to the Hero, and bring the weight up to a whopping 139g if you’re looking for a heavier movement experience.
All gaming mice have RGB lighting these days, and the Hero is no different. However, the RGB lighting on the Hero is limited to just the small Logitech logo on the base of the mouse. While it looks great, with bright, vivid colors, if you’re a fan of multiple lighting zones that run around the base of the mouse, you might be disappointed. Personally, I like the classy elegance of a single lighting zone. The lighting can be endlessly customized in Logitech’s software.
Performance and Features
Internally, the Hero is essentially a G502 on steroids. It has newer Omron switches that are rated for 50 million clicks, as opposed to the G502’s 20 million click rated switches. They’re responsive and light to the touch, and should keep the Hero going for years. The Hero’s sensor is called, appropriately enough, the Hero. Logitech developed this sensor in house to be similar to the PWM3366 sensor used in the original G502. The biggest difference is the Hero sensor supports up to 16,000 DPI – an upgrade from the G502’s “meager” 12,000 DPI limit. You probably won’t need to ever crank the DPI up that high, except in the rare case where you need ultra-precise movements like a sniper battle, but it’s great to have the option.
No matter your DPI, the Hero sensor is a beast. Mouse movements are fast and pinpoint accurate, with no noticeable smoothing or acceleration. If there’s a downside, it’s that it doesn’t feel like much of an improvement over the G502 – swapping between the two mice felt pretty much the same in-game. That’s probably a shout out to the quality of the original sensor more than a criticism of the newest version of the Hero.
The G502 boasted a dual-mode scroll wheel, allowing you to switch between a notched and smooth scroll. It’s a fantastic feature, and I love that it’s back on the Hero. Notched is great for FPS games where you want to switch weapons quickly and precisely, while smooth scroll is awesome for web browsing and navigating long documents. Having both options on the same mouse is the best of both worlds. Who says you can’t have it all?
Do you like buttons? The G502 is covered in them, with a grand total of 11 total programmable buttons. While I’m sure some people can’t get enough of custom macros, to me, 11 buttons feels like overkill. Some buttons, particularly the two top-most side buttons, are difficult to reliably reach. All the side buttons also give the Hero a cluttered feel, and made it harder for me to quickly press the buttons I wanted. Sometimes, less really is more. Still though, it’s hard to complain about having too many options.
A small, but noticeable difference to the Hero is its new braided cable, which is significantly thinner than the older G502’s cable. As insignificant as a cable seems, the thinness actually improves mouse movement, and doesn’t get stuck on my desk as much as the G502’s cable. G502 fans will also be happy to hear that you can now store up to 5 different profiles on the mouse Hero, up from the 3 profiles on the G502. This is great for those who take their peripherals to LAN parties or tournaments where you’re playing a variety of titles.
The Hero we deserve
The Logitech G502 Hero is a great mouse, but Logitech might have played it a bit too safe – it’s just not that much of a significant upgrade from the G502. But for those in the market for the latest and great gaming mouse, however, the Hero will make you realize why countless gamers have fallen in love with Logitech’s G502.